Voice-commands, touch screens, and other interactive technology are becoming common features in new cars. You may think these additions are making your ride safer, but a new study by AAA found that these technologies are actually creating a distraction for drivers.
AAA’s Center for Driving Safety & Technology performed the study alongside the University of Utah, measuring the visual and mental demands as well as the time it took for drivers to complete various tasks using “infotainment system” technology. Drivers used the technology to send texts, place calls, change the radio, and use navigation systems. 23 of the 30 cars studied generated “high” or “very high” levels of demand on the driver. Using a vehicle’s navigation system proved to be the most distracting task, taking an average of 40 seconds. A breakdown of the study as it pertains to individual cars can be found here.
Driving with distractions of any kind create a danger to yourself and those around you (click here to learn more about why distracted driving is so dangerous). AAA stresses that just because your car has hands-free and touch screen technology, it does not mean it is safe to use. AAA believes that voice-command and other interactive technology can actually lure drivers into a false sense of safety and security.
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